• Tuesday, 28 April 2009

    Serie A Round 33 Review: Viola move 4th

    Chievo Verona 1 - 2 Udinese
    Fiorentina 4 - 1 AS Roma
    Lazio 0 - 1 Atalanta
    Sampdoria 3 - 3 Cagliari
    Lecce 2 - 1 Catania
    Bologna 2 - 0 Genoa
    Reggina 2 - 2 Juventus
    AC Milan 3 - 0 Palermo
    Torino 1 - 0 Siena
    Napoli 1 - 0 Inter Milan

    Could it be that the title race is not over? AC Milan are red hot at the moment and they extended their lead over Juventus to 2 points following victory over Palermo on Sunday. Kaka scored an early penalty before Filip Inzaghi doubled their lead with his 10th goal in 7 matches. Cesare Bovo was then sent off for the visitors and to compound their rotten afternoon Kaka then slotted home a second penalty. The Sicilians drop a place after Cagliari's draw with Sampdoria.

    The gap at the top is now 7 points after Napoli shocked the country by winning a match - and in doing so scoring their first goal at home in almost 8 hours of football. A fine strike it was too, by the Uruguyan Marcelo Zalayeta. Inter deserved at least a point but didn't convert their chances, slumping to only their third defeat of the season. Juventus are without a win in 5 matches following a 2-2 draw with lowly Reggina. Antonino Barilla headed the hosts in front before a somewhat fortuitous penalty was converted by Alex Del Piero for his 11th goal of the season. Icelandic international Emil Halfredsson - once of Spurs - scored a wonderstrike to put Reggina back in front before Cristiano Zanetti (ever wondered how some footballers, however average, make a living? He's one of those) grabbed a late equaliser.

    Fiorentina produced the weekend's best display with a dismantling of Roma at the Artemio Franchi. Juan Vargas gave his side the lead with a well-taken strike before a typically ruthless double from in-form Alberto Gilardino (18 for the season now for him) took the game away from the Giallorossi. Julio Baptista's late goal, as good as it was, meant little and Roma will now have to settle for a Europa League spot at best. Fiorentina leapfrog Genoa into that all-important 4th spot after the Grifone contrived to lose at Bologna, who were two up inside half an hour including goal number 21 for leading league scorer Marco Di Vaio. That is Gasperini's side's second defeat in a row.

    Cagliari's draw at Samp was a high-scoring affair - young starlet Guido Marilungo scored two first half goals to give his team a clear lead only for the visitors to claw it back through Matri, Acquafresca and finally overturn it through Daniele Conti. A 86th minute equaliser from Antonio Cassano (Samp's player of the season by some distance) gave them the point they deserved. At the bottom, Lecce ended a run of three straight defeats by beating Catania, first half goals from Gianni Munari and Simone Tribocchi enough to settle it; Chievo lost at home to Udinese, who can thank a last-gasp goal from Gaetano D'Agostino - 4 in 4 for him. Lazio lost for the third time in 5 matches, but ultimately their defeat to Atalanta means little with both stuck in mid-table mediocrity.

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